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The Plutocratic Banana Republic of Zerentopia

“The time to buy is when there's blood in the streets” King CEO President Johan Liebert

Category: Corporate Police State
Civil Rights:
Rare
Economy:
Frightening
Political Freedoms:
Rare

Regional Influence: Apprentice

Location: the Rejected Realms

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Zerentopia

Population11.04 billion

CapitalCentral City
LeaderKing CEO President Johan Liebert
FaithMoney

CurrencyBrax
AnimalPhoenix

The Plutocratic Banana Republic of Zerentopia is a gargantuan, efficient nation, ruled by King CEO President Johan Liebert with an iron fist, and renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape, avowedly heterosexual populace, and frequent executions. The hard-nosed, hard-working, cynical, humorless, devout population of 11.04 billion Zerentopians are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn't on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.

The tiny, corrupt, moralistic, pro-business, well-organized government juggles the competing demands of Defense, Industry, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Central City. Income tax is unheard of.

The frighteningly efficient Zerentopian economy, worth a remarkable 5,251 trillion Braxes a year, is driven almost entirely by the private sector, which is broadly diversified and led by the Retail industry, with significant contributions from Uranium Mining, Arms Manufacturing, and Information Technology. Average income is an amazing 475,640 Braxes, but there is a vast disparity between incomes, with the richest 10% of citizens earning 4,454,781 per year while the poor average 4,282, a ratio of 1,040 to 1.

Hazmat suits are a common Zerentopian garb, at the edge of the final frontier space's biggest missile platform is about to unfold, distrust of taps has many people bathing only with bottled mineral water, and scenic tours are unheard of after most environmental laws were abolished. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, despite the fact that it is difficult to make it through a day without breaking one of the country's many laws. Zerentopia's national animal is the Phoenix, which is also the nation's favorite main course, and its national religion is Money.

Zerentopia is ranked 99th in the world and 7th in the Rejected Realms for Fattest Citizens, with 98.52 Obesity Rate.

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Greatest Rich-Poor Divides: 28thLargest Retail Industry: 29thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 60thMost Avoided: 95thFattest Citizens: 99thLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 100thMost Corrupt Governments: 115thHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 122ndHighest Disposable Incomes: 133rdLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 145thLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 165thMost Efficient Economies: 198thLargest Mining Sector: 207thLowest Overall Tax Burden: 210thMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 233rdLargest Gambling Industry: 241stLargest Insurance Industry: 243rdLargest Soda Pop Sector: 351stHighest Average Incomes: 407thLargest Agricultural Sector: 509thRudest Citizens: 543rdLargest Cheese Export Sector: 893rdMost Devout: 967thMost Valuable International Artwork: 989thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 1,690thHighest Economic Output: 1,908thMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,288thTop
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Most World Assembly Endorsements: 2,635thMost Subsidized Industry: 2,693rdLargest Manufacturing Sector: 2,834thMost Influential: 3,034thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 3,072ndLargest Governments: 3,471stMost Armed: 3,701stLargest Information Technology Sector: 4,998thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 5,729thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 6,113thLowest Crime Rates: 6,527thTop
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Largest Black Market: 14,332ndMost Pro-Market: 17,504thMost Ignorant Citizens: 18,249th
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Largest Retail Industry: 2nd in the regionGreatest Rich-Poor Divides: 2nd in the regionLargest Pizza Delivery Sector: 5th in the regionMost Avoided: 6th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 6th in the regionHighest Disposable Incomes: 7th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 7th in the regionFattest Citizens: 7th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionLargest Timber Woodchipping Industry: 10th in the regionLargest Insurance Industry: 10th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 10th in the regionLowest Overall Tax Burden: 11th in the regionMost Influential: 12th in the regionHighest Unexpected Death Rate: 13th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 13th in the regionLargest Mining Sector: 14th in the regionMost Politically Apathetic Citizens: 14th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 15th in the regionLargest Gambling Industry: 15th in the regionLargest Soda Pop Sector: 18th in the regionLargest Agricultural Sector: 19th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 21st in the regionRudest Citizens: 23rd in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 30th in the regionMost Devout: 31st in the regionHighest Economic Output: 65th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 67th in the regionTop
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Largest Governments: 99th in the regionLargest Manufacturing Sector: 128th in the regionMost Armed: 130th in the regionLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 131st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 132nd in the regionLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 146th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 186th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 199th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 215th in the regionMost Pro-Market: 246th in the regionTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 382nd in the regionMost Extreme: 529th in the regionMost Stationary: 665th in the region

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